I’ve been gone for a few days and one of the very first things I find in my inbox is an email that apparently wants me to click on a link. That link is going to Google. That link is a redirector. That link is obfuscated with URL encoding. Who knows what’s on that link! I’ve learened to distrust Google links, so I’m smart enough not to simply click on it without doing some investigations first. Let’s Look at the message, shall we?
I changed the unique string at the end, but otherwise this URL is intact and working. What is this? Well, by golly, it’s cialis/viagra spam! What have we learned? Google links are not to be trusted. Why would you allow your infrastructure to support spam redirection in emails? Should I start adding www.google.com to my anti-spam engines? Maybe to my content filters? I hate to say it, but I think I called this one.